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Siemens AG Division Streamlines Translation Processes Using Across Language Server
¶ Medium-Voltage Switchgear Subdivision Cuts Translation Costs
Significantly After Deploying Across Technology
|By Business Wire
|June 2, 2008 11:30 AM EDT
The technical writing office of the Power Distribution Division of
Siemens, which belongs to the Energy Sector, recently deployed the
Across Language Server to manage its numerous translations of product
documentation. According to information released today from Across
Systems, by using Language Server since November 2007, Siemens has been
able to cut translation management costs by up to 70 percent and to
maximize efficient processes. Concurrently, the writing team has been
able to further improve the transparency and security of translation
processes as well as the quality of foreign-language texts.
The Siemens Energy Sector currently occupies a spearhead position in the
field of gas-insulated switchgear technology in the medium-voltage
range. Technical writers prepare needed product documentation, such as
operating and installation manuals and their customer-specific
adaptations. Each of these documents consists of approximately 150 to
180 pages and must be translated into multiple languages. Additionally,
the writing team is responsible for the translation of other texts, such
as drawing sheets and Siemens standards, which are required in several
languages as well.
According to Christian Zimmerman, head of the technical writing team in
the Power Distribution Division at Siemens, workflow was manageable when
they needed only four or five languages. “The
situation changed about a year ago, when the sales departments started
asking for more and more languages, especially those spoken in Eastern
European countries,” Zimmerman said. “We
wanted to optimize administration processes associated with order
processing, in particular, including keeping track of the progress of
various translations, ascertaining which files still needed translation
or were already in the correction stage.”
With a requirement for 19 language variations and the need to react
promptly and keep track of the complex translation process, the company
decided to evaluate systems for Corporate Translation Management (CTM).
Compelling Requirements for a Translation Management System
For the writing team, the three central criteria for the selection of a
Corporate Translation Management system were cost savings, process
reliability, and quality improvement. Additionally, the team was looking
for an easy way to transfer existing translations to a translation
memory system to allow re-use and eliminate redundant translation costs.
Market analyses and tests indicated the Language Server of Across
Systems would best meet these requirements. For Siemens, the decisive
factor was that Across boasted an excellent price/performance ratio when
compared with competitors. In addition, Across is based on an open
software architecture that allows corresponding systems like TCToolbox,
an editorial system from Ovidius that was used by Siemens, to be
Seamless Translation Processes and Significant Cost Savings
The Language Server has provided advantages in terms of every day
functionality. External service providers are seamlessly integrated in
the workflow, thereby enabling transparent project management. The
content to be translated is now transferred directly from Ovidius
TCToolbox to Across, where the project is set up with defined
information. Upon completion, the translations are automatically
returned to the editorial system.
The centralized language resources ensure high-quality translations and
consistent texts for all products. The high degree of recycling of
existing translations has enabled significant cost savings. The savings
potential for a translated text that needs to be localized anew due to
changes or updates is about 70 percent. Even in the case of an entirely
new translation of a text, approximately 25 percent are covered by
existing entries from the translation memory.
“We were able to cut the administrative
overhead for translations by over 50 percent. Moreover, the processes
are much more transparent, and project status can be queried at any time,”
said Zimmerman, expressing his satisfaction with the solution.
About Siemens – Medium-Voltage Switchgear
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete
spectrum of products, services, and solutions for the generation,
transmission, and distribution of power and for the extraction,
conversion, and transport of oil and gas. The Power Distribution
Division of the Energy Sector combines medium-voltage components and
systems, power automation solutions and services for power equipment and
Further information at: http://www.siemens.de/energy
About Across Systems
Across Systems (www.across.net),
based in Karlsbad, Germany, and in Glendale, CA, is the manufacturer of
the Across Language Server – the world's
leading independent linguistic supply chain technology.
The Across Language Server is a central software platform for all
corporate language resources and for controlling translation processes
and workflows. The system simplifies, accelerates, and improves the
management, coordination, and implementation of translations. Open
interfaces enable the direct integration of corresponding systems, e.g.
CMS, catalog, or ERP solutions. By using Across, translation costs can
be cut drastically, and the investment in Across usually pays off in a
very short time.
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